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Best website price checking tool online -- Site Price
If you are a new blogger or website owner, you may want to know the price of your blog or website. There are multiple website valuation tools online. But the west price check tool which I think does the best work is quite accurate is the Site Price online tool.

To check your website price or website worth at any moment visit THIS PAGE; and enter your website/blog url in the blank field (copy paste your website url) and click on Calculate. Within minutes you will find your website price.
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A Bisht Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Facebook Messenger Kids for children under-13

According to reports online, Facebook's ‘youth team’ is developing the Facebook ‘Messenger Kids’ App.


Facebook has started developing a messenger app specifically targeted at children aged 13 or under.

At present, the minimum age for a person to open his/her Facebook account is 13 years.

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So the new Facebook Messenger for kids  can be seen as a way to bring children aged 13 years and below to the Facebook in a safe and informed manner; So that they get to know the online social media platforms' environment and social media communication landscape, before they are allowed to create the usual Facebook account, defends Facebook.

To make the Kids' Facebook Messenger app safe for children, the child-specific messaging app will be controlled by a parental Facebook account. Other safety features include: all contacts must be approved by the parental account, and the parental account has the power to delete messages and contacts deemed inappropriate.

By the look of it, the Facebook messenger apps for kids is trying to do two things at the same time:

1) Increase Facebook adoption rate among young people, by bringing them to the platform at an even younger age.

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2) Bring an App bundled up with parental control and monitoring features to get away with any parental concerns.


But, the Facebook App for children does not address some obvious questions:


Why will any parent want to introduce online social media to his/her child before 13 years of age?

and

How does the new app address the concerns of parents who already see the usual Facebook platform somewhat 'unsafe'?

and

What measures Facebook or any other social media network has taken to discourage children below the minimum age open the usual Facebook account?
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A Bisht Saturday, February 16, 2019
Facebook makes Facebook Page Location, Name change history etc. PUBLIC
Facebook is showing more information about Pages and; the country form where they're managed in the Info and Ads section on Pages.

This is to increase the accountability and transparency of the pages.

The information below will be compulsorily shared by Facebook on Info and Ads section on the bottom left of the page:
  • Place of origin of the page will be the country name (if the page admin chooses to share more details then they will also be shared)
  • Date the Page was created. 
  • Primary country locations where the Page is managed. This applies to all Page roles -- Admin, Editor Moderator, Advisor, Analyst. 
  • Number of people who manage the Page in each country. 
  • Page's previous name changes. 
  • Any Page merges that happen on or after September 6, 2018.
  • For the Users who manage the page but are not the owners of it or are not admins; their country will be shown. 
See the Screen-capture below:


What if someone puts a wrong country in his Facebook profile? 

Primary country locations where Pages are managed are determined by a person’s information and activity on Facebook Products, including the stated location on their Facebook profile, and device and connection information. Facebook will use Location Services to help trace the country location.

It is still uncertain whether Facebook will show the names of the Page admin and other roles. From the information it is clear that it will NOT.

What if someone doesn't want to disclose the name of the country?

Then the request for the same can be submitted to Facebook.

If approved, in the information will be shown "Information Hidden by Page manager"

Effect of sharing Facebook page's country location (managers and admins), name change progression and date of formation on accountability and transparency of the pages 


From the snapshot above, the above information seems good if not adequate.

The name change progression history of a page can show new followers the basic philosophy and motivations behind the page. There is a history of Facebook page name changes of propaganda and hate speech pages.

The location of the Page managers and Admins will show the extent of possible indoctrination and manipulation, especially for political pages, blog fans pages etc.

The use of Ad spend location to trace the country location will help as the Fake news, propaganda and hate pages are also seen as those having high ad spends.

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A Bisht Sunday, February 10, 2019
Backup your photos before Flickr deletes them!
If you have long forgotten your Flickr account and all the photos which you had shared on Flickr long time ago; then

There is an action worthy information for you... Flickr has started deleting users’ photos.


This is not sudden and the picture-sharing website announced in November last year that it would no longer offer 1 TB of free storage. The non-paying members instead will be allowed to share just 1,000 photos.

What are the reasons for scaling down of free service by Flickr? 


As per the Flickr's new owner SmugMug, who bought Flickr from Verizon last year, the reason is unreasonable money being spent on to keep the free service alive.

So you can rescue your Flickr photos before Flickr deletes them.
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A Bisht Thursday, February 7, 2019
Wirelessly charge other phones with a phone | Huawei Mate 20 Pro
A phone charging another phone wirelessly is an interesting feature. It is approximately similar to a human being giving CPR to another (not wirelessly though). For phones the ability to charge other phones wirelessly is truly a novelty. One of the features of Huawei Mate 20 Pro launched just hours back is its reverse wireslessly charging. Simply touch the battery depleted phone on the back of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro ... and that's it.

Yes, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro also acts as a power bank --- A wireless powerbank.

Not to to mention it charges itself wirelessly as well, with the world's fastest 15W wireless charge, claims the smartphone maker.

See the video below:



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A Bisht Wednesday, October 17, 2018
What is better than using an Ad Blocker --- Follow these 3 simple rules
According to a some recent studies, about 30 percent of all web users on mobile use ad blockers while browsing.

In some countries such as India, the number is as high as 60 percent.

The main reasons for using any ad blocker (or a web browser with ad blocker) are:


  • Data theft and other security concerns
  • Protection from virus and other malwares
  • browse quickly and save time
  • Save mobile data

But the question is: Do these mobile ad blockers bundled with UC browser or any other browser offer all the above benefits?

The answer is NO.

According to some latest authoritative studies, most of these ad blocking claims are either FAKE or; such browsers themselves are malware laden and are involved in Data Theft.

What you must do?

Do not use ad blockers while surfing web; and follow these simple rules:

  1. Deactivate ad blockers
  2. Do not install any ad blocker extension for browser
  3. Visit reputed website (they carry just two or three ads). If you are unsure whether a website is safe to visit or not, then use this Safe website to visit tool by Google.

To conclude, many mobile web users believe that using an ad blocker will make their device and data safe. But the reality is entirely opposite --- The more extensions or utilities such as these ad blockers you use, the likelihood of data theft and other risks only increases.

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A Bisht Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Secure Your Online Activity with Ad Block Technology | Should you?
How often do you load a website only to get redirected somewhere else? How many times have
you had to exit out of pop up ad after pop up ad just to reach your desired content? Not only are
these ads annoying, but they’re also dangerous to your system.

Image Courtesy: PixaBay

There are ways you can prevent these ads from appearing. By using ad block technology, the
user frees up and cleans up the webpage from unwanted and dangerous ads. Should a web surfer use an ad blocker or not is a topic to delve on. Using an ad blocker has its own advantages and disadvantages. Lets go into the details of it.

Let’s take a look at what ad blocking technology is and why you should use it OR; not use it.

What is Ad Blocking?

Ad block technology is a tool that consumers use to keep their online activity secure and private.
On top of that, it helps to get rid of pesky ads that take up space on a website. Those ads are
flashy and enticing some days and annoying and dangerous other days.

Ad blocking is software you install that prevents advertisements from popping up on a web
page. It removes the enticing ads that tend to border around the content you are trying to
access. You end up with a clean look that is easier to maneuver through.

Why Use Ad Blocking?

Improve Online Experience

There are two main reasons why you should block these bothersome ads that pop up. One
reason is to improve the overall experience you have on a web page.

When you load a website and have to continually exit out of pop-ups to access the content, it
can quickly become frustrating. The result is the user becoming frustrated with the experience
and likely moving on to a different site.

For example, when you get redirected to an entirely different web page before you can open up
the desired link, those are interstitial ads (“in between”). They disrupt the desired flow of the
content by sending you on a different path before you can reach your final destination.

Sometimes, these ads are welcoming if they display information interesting to you. But most of
the time, they serve no purpose to the reader.

Another type of ad that has little to no popularity with users is rollover ads. These are the ones
that automatically start playing video and sound as soon as your mouse hovers over the ad box.
Whether you meant to start the ad or not, it will activate from the cursor.

Security and Protection

The other reason for ad blocking, and more serious of the two, is for security purposes. Malware
is becoming a growing concern for internet safety. But currently, malvertisements are causing
significant problems.

Image Courtesy: PixaBay

A malvertisement is a combination of malware and advertising. In simple words, it is a malware which mimics an advertisement. Malware is a virus that infiltrates your computer causing harm to the system and all your stored data. Cybercriminals use malware as a way to steal information and create numerous problems for the user.

What makes malvertising so dangerous is how it is implemented. It looks and acts like a typical
ad you would see on a webpage. The difference, however, is malvertisements will connect you
with a virus, whereas a regular ad will connect you to a company page. These ads are smartly
laid out in a way that engages with you emotionally to entice you to click on the link.

Image Courtesy: PixaBay

It can be hard to recognize a malvertisement since they look like authentic ads. Another way
hackers are getting these ads noticed is by buying out ad spaces on popular and legitimate
websites. So, now you can’t even rely on the reliability of the website. This is where ad blocking
will help remove these ads from the site.

Investing in ad block technology eliminates unnecessary frustration and saves your device from
harm. Use it to remove pesky, unwanted ads, as well as protect your computer from malicious
activity. Malvertisements won’t be going anywhere soon. Protect yourself and your online
activity so you can enjoy your online experience.

Why you must not use Ad blockers? [By: A Bisht]

One of the biggest disadvantages of using an ad blocker is that it negatively affects those content websites which depend on genuine advertisements to earn revenue. Decrease in ad revenue discourages content creation, which is not a good news for users, because many of these small websites are sources of a different view point or if said in other words, offer a more customized take compared to what large websites offer. 

Most hit by Ad blockers are small content websites. The bigger ones have always the option of paying ad blockers to white-list them, so that even when the ad blocker is active, their ads are not blocked.


About the Author

Jordan Choo, a content creator and digital marketing specialist with Hotspot Shield, a product of Anchor Free. With specific inputs from A Bisht.
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A Bisht Tuesday, July 24, 2018
What Facebook's high-end Print magazine 'Grow' for Businesses means for Content?
A very interesting development took place this Monday. The World's biggest online social network  Facebook launched a high-end Print magazine 'Grow'.

Facebook's high-end Print magazine 'Grow' for Businesses means for Content

The quarterly high-end magazine offered in both print and online, is launched for business leaders in the UK and Northern Europe markets.

Facebook print magazine "Grow" points at the direction where premium business decision making content or premium marketing content is heading"

A print magazine from Facebook in 2018 is surprising for any blogger or online content creator.

It is surprising because it throws at us a number of questions?

Why a print magazine in 2018?

Is it a Facebook's marketing brochure for selling its premium content online?

Is it changing the entire content industry by restricting access to premium content?

etc.

There are so many questions.

But the most important question for me is -- Does Facebook's print magazine tell us something about where premium content is heading in coming months and years?

This is an important question because in the last 12 years, the proliferation & growth of content and social networks at the same time, made premium content really cheap. Almost everyone online got access to quality content sooner than later.

Although this democratization of content was quite logical and welcome from a web user's perspective, it took a heavy toll on the content business or more specifically original content creators. The same content was being offered for different objectives -- to increase followers, to increase influence, to make small money, to market small businesses etc. -- by content creators down the line.  All this resulted in -- the task of creating Original content quite expensive. If people and businesses creating original content are made inconsequential (both revenue and skill-wise), then why will they create any content.

So does Facebook's print magazine in 2018 point to a separation of premium or exclusive content from ordinary content online?

It seems so.

And when seen this way it is not surprising at all.

We are already seeing payment windows on major original content creators' websites.

We are also seeing the development of an alternate ecosystem where ad blockers are blocking automatic context based ads on majority of websites. These non-original content creators have two options to remain afloat -- 1) Enter some revenue generating subscription model OR; 2) Pay the major Ad blockers to be white-listed.

So exclusive or premium content is already being segregated online. The content is heading this direction in coming months and years.

Who knows, Youtube also brings one such model in coming days and months.

And finally, going back to Print in 2018.

As far as Facebook's Print magazine is concerned it seems more like a marketing brochure for business leaders in premium markets; and the complete offerings will still be offered behind premium windows online.

But can it be a revival of premium business marketing content in Print? 

It can be. After all what business leaders look at most times is concise summary. The print magazine can always be glanced one time and put into shredder immediately. 
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A Bisht Thursday, June 28, 2018
Recent articles not showing on self-hosted WordPress Blog
If you're a blogger running a self-hosted wordpress blog , then sometimes you find your recently written or created posts/articles absent from the home page. They are not only absent from blog homepage, but also from Recent posts widget in the Sidebar. You have emptied the browser cache and done everything else, but the problem persists.  Your self-hosted WordPress Blog homepage is looking like this to everyone, including you:

Recent articles not showing on self-hosted WordPress Blog


When in reality it must look like this:

You have added more articles and content to your self-hosted WordPress Blog, but the recent articles are absent on homepage, for everyone, including you.


So what is the way out?

Try to do this: Install and activate another Theme to your wordpress blog. You can even install a free wordpress theme. Visit blog, to see if the recent posts/articles are visible in the new theme. If yes, then reinstall and activate your previous theme. It may solve your problem.

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What is self-hosted wordpress blog or website?  
A blog created by installing free WordPress.org CRM or platform on purchased hosting. It is different from free wordpress.com. Here all you need is a domain name and web hosting. The CRM comes free with hosting.
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A Bisht Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Does Google see your BLOG "Unsafe website to visit" | Google Tool

This 'Safe for browsing' Check tool from Google is so simple that even a new blogger or website owner can use it.


It is no hidden truth that Google is the biggest source of organic traffic for any blogger or website owner. To benefit from this free traffic, a blog must not only appear in the Google search results, it must also be tagged safe for browsing by Google.

A blog which is flagged "Dangerous to surf" or "Unsafe website to visit" or "Compromised website" by Google means a significant loss of free traffic to a blog. Hence it is important for every blogger, especially new ones to check surfing reputation of their blogs. More so, if she/she is making constant hit-n-trial changes to her blog. It is very easy to get some malicious codes on a blog during such tweaking attempts.

To check the Safe website to Visit status of your Blog, visit this Google Tool:

Unsafe website to visit or unsafe blog to visit Google Tool
   

If your blog passes the Safe for browsing test, then it is great.

What if your blog fails the Google "safe website to visit" Test


If it fails then don't panic. Start removing the changes you made to your blog code (theme html), removing the most recent one first; and keep checking the Safe surf status after every change.

If you have installed some unsafe widget code or advertisement, then you can think about removing them as well.

Good luck!
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A Bisht Saturday, May 5, 2018